Mar 4, 2016
RTA public meeting

A copy of the presentation to be given at this series of meetings is available here.

CLEVELAND -- On March 21, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) begins a series of public meetings to gather comments about proposed fare increases for buses, trains and Paratransit, as well as proposed service modifications.

“These proposals will affect every customer, and we want to hear from you,” said Joe Calabrese, RTA CEO and General Manager. “By law, we must balance our budget. To be good stewards of public money, we must look at all possible alternatives. Your comments will help guide our final decision, which will be made April 26 by the Board of Trustees.”

Calabrese said that RTA needs to close a $7 million gap in the 2016 operating budget, passed by the Board in December. He blamed part of the problem on weak transit funding by the State.

At the public meetings, customers will be asked to comment on modifications to a number of routes being considered for full or partial cuts. RTA’s goal is to impact the least number of customers. Modifications to these routes will impact less than 2 percent of RTA’s current customers.

Staff will also present several options for a bus/train fare increase. Fares have not been increased in 7 years. The proposed fare ranges are:

CASH FARE

Bus/Rapid/BRT Park-N-Ride Senior/Disabled Student Paratransit
Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed
$2.25 $2.50 - $2.75 $2.50 $2.75 - $3.25 $1.00 $1.25 - $1.35 $1.50 $1.75 - $2.00 $2.25 $3.50 - $5.00

ALL-DAY PASS

Individual Senior/Disabled/Child
Current Proposed Current Proposed
$5.00 $5.50 - $6.00 $2.50 $2.75 - $3.00

FARECARDS / PASSES

5-Ride
Bus/Rapid/BRT Park-N-Ride Senior/Disabled Paratransit*
Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed
$11.25 $12.50 - $13.75 $12.50 $13.75 - $16.25 $5.00 $6.25 - $7.25 $11.25 $17.50 - $25.00
7-Day
Bus/Rapid/BRT Park-N-Ride Senior/Disabled Paratransit*
Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed
$22.50 $25.00 - $27.50 $25.00 $27.50 - $32.50 $10.00 $12.50 - $13.50 $22.50 $35.00 - $50.00

MONTHLY PASSES

Bus/Rapid/BRT Park-N-Ride Senior/Disabled Paratransit*
Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed
$85.00 $95.00 - $105.00 $95.00 $105 - $123.50 $38.00 $48.00 - $51.30 $85.00 $133.00 - $190.00

*Proposed Paratransit farecard & pass prices reflect an increase in the base Paratransit fare

RTA is considering three Paratransit proposals:

  1. Fares may rise from the current $2.25 per ride to $3.50 per ride.
  2. ADA customers may no longer ride regular buses and trains for free.
  3. Personal Care Attendants may pay the regular fare on buses and trains.

Service changes will likely take effect in August. The proposed changes are as follows:

Discontinue Segment of Route Modify Day/Time of Route Discontinue Entire Route
#7: Monticello - Euclid Hts, east of Richmond Rd Waterfront Line: discontinue after 7:00pm eastbound trip, every evening except for Browns games #2: East 79th
#32: Cedar, east of David Myers Parkway and I-271 Green Line: discontinue after 8:00pm eastbound trip, every evening except for Browns games #43: Lake - Wolf
#34: E. 200 - Green, south of Shaker Blvd/Green Rd. Rapid Station #8: Cedar - E 116, discontinue evenings (generally after 6:30pm) and weekends #239 Euclid Park-N-Ride
#37: E. 185 - Taylor, south of Severance Town Center #77F: Brecksville, discontinue weekends #751/752/761: North Olmsted/Maple Heights Schools
#45-45A: Ridge, segment south of Tri-C West #86: Rocky River Dr - Berea, discontinue evenings (generally after 6:30pm) and weekends  
#78: W. 117 - Puritas, deviations to NASA Glenn Research Center & Wanda Ave.    
#79A-B: Fulton, south of Memphis Ave.     
#81: Tremont - Storer, deviations to Lakeview Terrace and W 7/Starkweather    
Consolidate weekday daytime #68: Bagley and #86: Rocky River Dr - Berea; discontinue #68 in Jefferson Parkway area and #86 south of Bagley Rd; link Tri-C West to Baldwin-Wallace University    

Public hearing / community meeting schedule

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

RTA Main Office

1240 West 6th St
Cleveland, OH
44113

See map: Google Maps

The RTA Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 9 a.m. in the Board Room of the Authority, 1240 West 6th Street, Cleveland, Ohio  44113.  

In accordance with Sub. H.B. 404 of the 133rd General Assembly, passed on November 19, 2020, House Bill 197 of the 133rd General Assembly, signed by the Governor of the State of Ohio on March 27, 2020 and the March 9, 2020 order of the Governor of the State of Ohio declaring a public health emergency, this meeting will be live-streamed on RTA’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rideRTA) for staff and members of the public. Only Board members and required RTA staff will be allowed in the Board Room. The meeting package will be posted on RTA’s website at (www.riderta.com/board), on RTA’s Facebook page, and RTA’s Twitter page.  

There will be a public hearing on the FY 2021 Budget Appropriation.  All public comments can be emailed to Public-Comment@gcrta.org and will be read during the meeting.

Media Contact:

Linda Scardilli Krecic
216-356-3104, office
216-390-9605, cell